Reducing injury is key, says Rana Reider

The new UKA coach says future success stems from keeping his charges injury-free

Rana Reider (Mark Shearman)

Rana Reider, one of UKA’s new full-time coaches at Loughborough, believes keeping his fragile athletes in one piece will be key to optimising their podium ambitions.

The highly-rated American, who has moved from Florida to UKA’s high-performance institute, is now guiding Dwain Chambers, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Christian Malcolm, Chris Tomlinson, James Ellington, Tiffany Porter and Shara Proctor.

Last week the 2011 USA Track and Field coach of the year said the emphasis was on keeping his charges injury-free.

“The goal is to make sure everyone’s healthy and can actually get to the meets and can compete at a high level,” he said. “A lot of the group has been banged up over the years.

“We’re going through an assessment process to try and figure out what their strengths and weaknesses are on an individual basis and set a prehab process, find out what they’re weaknesses are and get them an individualised programme.”

Reider – who left 2004 Olympic champion Dwight Phillips coachless with his move but brought American Christian Taylor, the world triple jump champion, to Britain to train under him – also said he was hoping to improve Chambers’ consistency.

Reider will also play a key part in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland relay programmes and will have much work to do after recent failures on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Talking of a general solution, he said: “I think it’s bringing some fun back to the relays. It will give them expectations and goals. It’s an exciting time. We’ve got the talent to do some stuff , it’s just about getting everyone on the same page.”

» This is an extract from a story in this week’s AW, out December 13

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